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By Leif Johan Eliasson

ISBN-10: 023010004X

ISBN-13: 9780230100046

This e-book seeks to rectify american citizens’ perspectives of its closest best friend, Europe--an bold job, yet one sorely missing within the literature. Many prejudices approximately Europe floor in headlines, whereas others stay latent, yet they're actual, pervasive and ingrained. through addressing the standard citizen in a simple to learn, jargon loose, real and non-ideological textual content, my desire is to start this technique of correcting american citizens’ usually outrageous, but commonly held and perpetuated ideals approximately Europe. If the dominant media retailers really stated the evidence approximately Europe and America’s courting with its ecu allies, and if the common American knew the significance of Europe to their very own, and our worldwide, healthiness, this publication will be pointless. although, this isn't the case, making it crucial to handle the well-known and pervasive distortions, misperceptions or even flat-out lies approximately Europe, eu guidelines, societies, and other people. Myths and distortions will be at once destructive to our economic system, safety, and caliber of existence. electorate aid coverage projects, vote, make investments, store and go back and forth. In all of those components Europe is our most vital best friend, buying and selling associate, and resource of international funding. judgements taken in any of those components, if in line with myths and misperceptions, may have dire effects for the common citizen. the present financial difficulty, family reform proposals,  and America’s expanding attention of its relative decline--and elevated have to cooperate with others--makes a booklet explaining the reality approximately our closest best friend valuable.

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I am certainly not saying that a lack of understanding of European life and policies will undo America, but, it is probably no exaggeration to say that many Americans know more about their favorite football team—whose fortunes hardly affect their jobs, security, or personal finances—than they do about what or where we export, who invests and creates jobs in the United States, and Europe’s importance. Even if the American people reject adopting or learning from European policies, if they are seen as too liberal, too Socialist, or too pacifist, we can at least agree that an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Europe, and European policies, can only improve the quality of domestic Misperceptions, Myths, Justifications 23 public debate, enable better consumer choices, and increase the prospects of fruitful American foreign, economic, and security policies.

Cyril Buffet and Beatrice Heuser, Haunted by History Myths in International Relations (Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 1998). 3. Kati Suominen, “A New Age of Protectionism? pdf. 4. John L. Harper, American Visions of Europe: Franklin. D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, Dean. G. Acheson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996). This page intentionally left blank Chapter 3 Simplifying the Confusing: The “Short-Short” of Europe and the European Union The Europe of the early twenty-first century is one of unprecedented peace and prosperity, of economic might and technological prowess, but also, as elsewhere, lingering social and economic problems.

But reforms have been ubiquitous and far-reaching, with extensive private sector involvement, and the abolishment of cradle-to-grave security (see chapter 6). For example, while the French school curricula remains centralized, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Czech Republic all have rigorous high school and tertiary (university) systems, which allow flexibility in course selection and high-quality graduates. Private physicians and hospitals in Germany and France provide universal health care coverage and compete on quality in serving citizens.

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